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Farmers are cautious people when it comes to change. But, for four wheat growers who sat on the farmer panel at the Indigo Wheat Solutions event, Aug. 28 and 29 in Dodge City and Wichita, Kansas, embracing change has been a positive experience they said. Read more

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David Perry is bringing his entrepreneurial expertise to agriculture after 20 years in software and biopharmaceuticals. As president, CEO and director of Indigo Ag, he and his staff are tackling the challenge of connecting farmers to new microbiome technology to grow stronger, healthier crop… Read more

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Kansas Wheat CEO Justin Gilpin shared about the State of Wheat at the Indigo Wheat Solutions event Aug. 28 and 29 in Dodge City and Wichita, Kansas.

In the last 20 years, there has been a steady decline in the number of planted wheat acres in Kansas, and that change has led to the innovations we’re seeing in the industry, he said.

“In 1996, when we first had Freedom to Farm, Kansas planted about 12 million acres of wheat,” Gilpin said. “But then, markets and dynamics changed and yields and profitability of other crops changed and farmers moved to other row crops. Kansas farmers began to diversify. So in 2000, we were down to 10 million acres. And now, this last year, we’re down to 7.5 million acres of wheat.” Gilpin said many in the business think this is the basement of this decline because wheat is critical in so many crop rotations. And actually, in 2019, there are a few who are predicting a bounce in wheat acres in Kansas and the Southern Plains.

This upcoming “bounce” is what’s attracting industry to bringing innovation to production and marketing opportunities, Gilpin said.

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At Wheat Solutions Bob Morando, president of Farmer Direct Foods, talked to High Plains Journal Associate Editor Jennifer M. Latzke about Farmer Direct’s trademark identity assurance program and how it provides value to producers.